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Mlalazi River Estuary (28573147)


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The estuary and mouth of the Mlalazi River, with sand beaches, mudflats, saltmarsh, and adjacent mangroves and coastal dune forest. Two winter and two summer counts show a high number of Whitefronted Plover in 1997, and an excellent number of Sanderling in 1996; some Sanderling remain during the austral winter. A number of Sandwich Terns were also recorded in summer 1996. Important threats include pollution by pesticides and fertilizers from sugar cane farms, and a mining threat to the northern side of the dunes.

SppCommon nameTaxonomic nameMinAvgMaxIBASubregional
48Cormorant, CapePhalacrocorax capensis55.005   
50Cormorant, ReedPhalacrocorax africanus14.5614   
47Cormorant, White-breastedPhalacrocorax carbo18.7555   
214Crane, Grey CrownedBalearica regulorum11.502   
10014Duck, UnidentifiedN/A N/A36.009
100Duck, White-facedDendrocygna viduata24.007   
96Duck, Yellow-billedAnas undulata17.2227   
58Egret, GreatEgretta alba13.005   
59Egret, LittleEgretta garzetta16.3319   
213Finfoot, AfricanPodica senegalensis11.292 
149Fish-eagle, AfricanHaliaeetus vocifer12.595
89Goose, EgyptianAlopochen aegyptiacus25.0014   
88Goose, Spur-wingedPlectropterus gambensis11.634   
263Greenshank, CommonTringa nebularia13.338   
288Gull, Grey-headedLarus cirrocephalus14.259   
287Gull, KelpLarus dominicanus34.756   
72Hamerkop, HamerkopScopus umbretta12.086   
55Heron, Black-headedArdea melanocephala11.753   
56Heron, GoliathArdea goliath11.503   
63Heron, Green-backedButorides striata11.672   
54Heron, GreyArdea cinerea12.757   
81Ibis, African SacredThreskiornis aethiopicus11.001   
84Ibis, HadedaBostrychia hagedash16.5725   
395Kingfisher, GiantMegaceryle maximus12.106
397Kingfisher, MalachiteAlcedo cristata12.096
400Kingfisher, MangroveHalcyon senegaloides11.252
394Kingfisher, PiedCeryle rudis26.0315
247Lapwing, African WattledVanellus senegallus1212.0012   
245Lapwing, BlacksmithVanellus armatus14.8727   
172Osprey, OspreyPandion haliaetus11.001
41Pelican, Pink-backedPelecanus rufescens22.002   
233Plover, Common RingedCharadrius hiaticula13.8614   
241Plover, GreyPluvialis squatarola22.002   
237Plover, Kittlitz'sCharadrius pecuarius23.004   
238Plover, Three-bandedCharadrius tricollaris13.6710   
235Plover, White-frontedCharadrius marginatus15.8112   
256Ruff, RuffPhilomachus pugnax115.0029  
255Sanderling, SanderlingCalidris alba11124.33307   
258Sandpiper, CommonActitis hypoleucos15.4528  
251Sandpiper, CurlewCalidris ferruginea12.254  
262Sandpiper, MarshTringa stagnatilis11.672   
264Sandpiper, WoodTringa glareola12.5711   
85Spoonbill, AfricanPlatalea alba11.001   
270Stilt, Black-wingedHimantopus himantopus44.004  
253Stint, LittleCalidris minuta510.3320   
77Stork, Woolly-neckedCiconia episcopus15.1814   
76Stork, Yellow-billedMycteria ibis11.001   
98Teal, CapeAnas capensis22.002   
290Tern, CaspianSterna caspia11.502   
291Tern, CommonSterna hirundo19.5039   
297Tern, Lesser CrestedSterna bengalensis23.505   
299Tern, LittleSterna albifrons33.003   
296Tern, SandwichSterna sandvicensis212.6730   
298Tern, SwiftSterna bergii127.15128   
10009Tern, UnidentifiedN/A N/A610.0014
274Thick-knee, WaterBurhinus vermiculatus12.003   
112Vulture, Palm-nutGypohierax angolensis11.001
10008Wader, UnidentifiedN/A N/A111.4048
685Wagtail, African PiedMotacilla aguimp12.406
686Wagtail, CapeMotacilla capensis13.1413
268Whimbrel, CommonNumenius phaeopus12.106   
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